Menopause is the natural stage after your final menstrual cycle. It may happen at around 45 to 55 years of age depending on genetics, lifestyle factors, auto-immune diseases and few other factors . In Singapore, the average age for menopause onset is 49 years old. Premature menopause happens before the age of 40.
There are negative effects of early or premature menopause. Examples are:
- Increased risk of serious health problems - heart diseases, diabetes, sleep problems and osteoporosis,
- More severe symptoms of menopause
- Premature ovarian failure
However, there are ways that can help to relieve the symptoms of premature menopause.